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Substitute teacher found not guilty of assault charge

Posted September 30, 2008 8:05 p.m. EDT
Updated October 1, 2008 9:13 a.m. EDT

— A former substitute teacher at a Clayton elementary school, accused of assaulting her own autistic child, has been found not guilty.

Anita Marie Dankin, 43, of Kenly, was charged with two counts of child abuse following the Dec. 8, 2006, incident.

Several faculty members told investigators that Dankin slammed her son's head against the floor and then kicked him.

Dankin was found guilty in district court last year, but her attorney appealed for a superior court trial. Following a trial last week, Dankin was found not guilty.

At the time of the alleged incident, she was working as a substitute teacher at East Clayton Elementary School. Johnston County school officials said Dankin is no longer approved to teach for the school system.